Salom continues good progress at Jerez as weather improves
It was a positive second day of testing at the Circuito de Jerez today. Fine weather allowed the Red Bull KTM riders the chance to put in dry laps, and Luis Salom took third on the timesheet behind Viñales and Rins. Teammates Zulfahmi Khairuddin and Arthur Sissis were twentieth and twenty-fourth, respectively.
After rain yesterday, early mist meant that Day 2 got off to a slow start. However, the sun came out to dry the track, and Salom, Khairuddin y Sissis were able to begin their work.
Salom was the first of the three to go out, waiting until 12:30pm to leave the garage and completing 15 laps. Khairuddin and Sissis were close behind, in a session in which the Malaysian rider tried out different chassis setups.
In the hour dedicated exclusively to Moto3, Salom needed just two laps to improve on his morning time. The Spaniard rode 12 laps in the second session. Khairuddin also improved various times on his best lap, finally stopping the clock with a 1’49.553.
In the final session, Red Bull KTM Ajo’s number 39 fought for the top time with Alex Rins and Maverick Viñales, setting a quickest lap of 1’47.109. Khairuddin did not emerge from the pits, whilst Sissis focused on bettering his KTM setup, with a final time of 1’49.796.
Tomorrow sees the third and final day of testing at the Circuito de Jerez.
Luis Salom: “Today we were able to take advantage of the good weather and have been riding very fast. In the end we were just three tenths off the top time. We are very happy, because in the end there are no big differences between us and, on the fastest lap I clocked, I know I lost a bit of time on a couple of corners. As I said in Valencia, it is the first time that we are really testing, and I am very happy. In addition, the team is working very well and I am adapting well to their workrate.”
Source: Ajo Motorsport Press Release